Someone said :
My touchstone is the fact that when I was a teenager, information on gay issues was hard to come by. When I was in college, in the 1980s, I did not know where the gey bars or clubs were, or what gat organisations existed. Yes, gay issues did surface in the newspapers from time to time -- I remember seeing the book review of Out For Ourselves
and a photograph in the Irish Independent the day after UCD's Gay Soc was officially recognised for the first time -- but these nuggets depended on somebody doing something, the editor covering it, and me happening to see that item. It also was generally not information that was directly useful to me in my closet. Now, the 15-year-old or 19-year-old can access a wider range of information, at the time of their choosing. And provided they remember to lock their phone or delete their browsing history, Daddy doesn't have to know.
I think that's a very important point and something that people under 30 or so will not realise: the internet has empowered a generation (two generations?) of young gay people by making it possible for them not to feel alone.